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Let Me Introduce Myself

I am a writer.

 As a child, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had a ready answer: “I want to be a writer.” It is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be.

 I have been writing since I was five years old and could hold a pencil in my hand. I still remember one of the first pieces of dialogue I ever wrote: Let’s join Mrs. Jones in the delivery room as she gives birth. Alright, so it’s not “dialogue.” I was six or seven years old at the time. I was taking the first baby steps on the road to the writer I am today.

 While other kids were outside playing, I was typing away on an old manual typewriter. From my earliest imitations of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories and the “Exorcist,” I have been learning the craft. Along the way, I have accumulated a roomful of rejection slips from such notable publications as Twilight Zone magazine. I’ve always aimed high, even as a child.

 I have started and stopped, stopped and started, started and stopped along this journey. Over the intervening years, I have collected college degrees in legal studies (Sangamon State University class of 1991) and anthropology (Illinois State University class of 2009). I worked as a journalist for The Hillsboro Journal for ten years. I’ve held a variety of mundane jobs including: administrative assistant, title examiner trainee, polysomnography technician, account representative and retail store clerk.

 I always come back to writing. In my current incarnation as a freelancer, I have written for The Illinois Times and the State Journal-Register; written and edited newsletters and brochures for clients; and written content for internet sites.

 I am returning to my beginnings. Let’s travel the road together, shall we.